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Edinburgh – 30 days of photos.

By - Richard - 31st January 2021

Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city is a photographer’s dream. In this video, I spend 30 consecutive days taking photos of the city’s historic architecture and landmarks.

Generally considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Edinburgh, with its gothic Old Town and neo-classical and Georgian New Town, is a place which I find endlessly inspiring.

Whilst I am not a photographer by trade, I love the idea of expressing myself through one static image. I also know that I want to take more photos. For 30 consecutive days I allocate a chunk of time every day to taking one photo of Edinburgh and forcing myself to be creative.

The video is also an exploration into the creative process. Is creativity something that can and should be scheduled into the diary like another daily activity?

At the start of the 30 day challenge, I venture into the Pentland Hills to try and capture the sun rising next to Arthur’s Seat. I then try and capture a shot of Edinburgh Castle on a long lens before heading to the city’s historic Royal Mile to capture the Scott Monument.

Calton Hill offers some of the city’s most iconic views and is a location I visit frequently throughout the 30 days. The Dean village is another hidden gem within the city. At the end of the first week I visit Princes Street Gardens to capture another photo of Edinburgh Castle with the beautiful Ross Fountain in the foreground.

The Mound, Hanover Street and Princes Street all offer unique viewpoints of Edinburgh’s landmarks, but I find myself venturing into the Pentland Hills on a number of occasions to try and photograph the sun setting over the city.

Whilst filming at George Heriot’s School, I am afforded the opportunity to take some more aerial photos with Edinburgh Castle lurking prominently in the background.

Arthur’s Seat offers the beautiful perspective of Salisbury Crags and Braid Hill is another unique viewpoint within the city.

As the author Alexander McCall Smith puts it, “Edinburgh is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again”. I couldn’t agree more, which is why I live here.

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About the Author

Richard Nicholls - Managing Director

Before launching Swift Films, Richard worked as a broadcast TV director and editor, working on programmes for the BBC, ITV and Sky.

A multi-skilled and technically-minded filmmaker, Richard is equally at home coming up with creative concepts as he is on location filming or pulling footage together in the edit suite.

Richard is a member of Independent Producers Scotland and has a love of cats, football, chocolate and Film Noir (in that order).